Weather warning – what health services are available for you
Date: 11 December 2017
With temperatures reaching below freezing Oxfordshuire CCG is advising people on ways to ‘stay well this winter’ as the number of people being admitted to A&E is likely to increase significantly due to the cold weather and pressure on services increases.
People are reminded that if you, or someone you care for, is feeling unwell, there are a number of ways to get the right care:
- Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common winter illness and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest
- You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist and most pharmacies have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention
- Your doctor’s surgery can advise on most health conditions. Out of hours, the NHS 111 service is an excellent first point of call for medical advice
- Download Oxfordshire CCG’s ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app to your smart phone to find health services closest to where you are in Oxfordshire
Emergency Departments (A&E) and the emergency ambulance service provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. In these cases call 999 immediately.
Please visit NHS Choices to find local health services see here or Oxford CCG website see here for more information on local health services
You can choose from a range of local services to help keep you well and healthy as the cold weather takes a grip.
- Date:11 December 2017